July 7, 2022

Valley Regional High School Graduates 158 Seniors in the Class of 2013

DEEP RIVER— The 158 seniors in the Class of 2013 received their diplomas Thursday in the sixty-second annual commencement ceremony at Valley Regional High School. A large crowd of hundreds of friends and family of the graduates gathered amid picture-perfect sunny skies and comfortable temperatures for the ceremony.
High school principal Kristina Martineau said members of the Class of 2013 had pursued their studies while also serving the Region 4 community of Chester, Deep River, and Essex as mentors for younger students and as emergency responders with the town volunteer fire departments and ambulance service. “Achieving and living this balance, the pursuit of personal success and service to others, is what it means to be a Valley Regional High School Warrior,” she said.
Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy urged the graduates, which she described as “the next generation of our workforce,” to be open to change and learning new skills, adding “one skill of great importance is to love what you choose to do in your life’s work.”
Honors Essayist Anna D’Agostino of Chester noted a four-year high school career is comprised of 720 days. “Here, over 720 days, we grew from curious freshmen to confident young adults,” she said, adding the school’s faculty had “taught us about ourselves and about living and from them we learned the values of hard work and the rewards that come with diligence.” Salutatorian Christopher Meyers of Essex noted that while Valley Regional High School is a small school, its faculty had provided the class with “a remarkable range of opportunity.”
Valedictorian Rachael Aikens of Essex noted that effort and a willingness to try can be as important as winning and success. “What is important now, especially on this graduation day and every day forward, is that you get back up and keep trying,” she said.
The school recognized two past graduates as the newest members of the Valley Regional High School Hall of Fame. Patricia Widlitz, Class of 1963, is a ten-term Democratic State  Representative for her current hometown of Guilford. Scott Wisner, Class of 1984, is a former resident state trooper for Essex who is currently a detective with the Connecticut State Police, Wisner was shot and wounded in the shoulder during an April 8 vehicle crash and shoot out with fleeing robbery suspects on Route 153 in Westbrook.

The Class of 2013

Rachael Caelie Aikens
Jerry Aksonelam
Henry Alberto
Ethan Robert Aresta
Jenna Caroline Avery
Gino V. Badalamenti
Devon Cartier Bakoledis
David C. Ballantyne
Kelly Bango
Christian Joseph Bartolotta
Marykelly Beaudoin
Julia Rose Beaulieu
Alex Elliot Belval
Lena Agnes Mae Bisaccia
Will Grayson Bogaert
Alyssa Bogan
Ashley Ann Bongiorni
Molly Jean Bosco
Sarah Joy Bowen
Briley Allen Branden
Olivia Cadley Branden
Jenna Taylor Brophy
Hannah Brown
Michael Edward Bruce Jr.
Lauren E. Budney
Megan Lynn Budney
Luc Townsend Burns
Sarah Hailey Burzin
Christian Caceres
Margaret E. Calamari
Kaitlin Susan Carini
Grace B. Carver
Roger Howard Clapp
Allyson Eleanor Clark
Ian S. Colby
Christopher J. Connor
Alyssa Anne Cornwall
Katherine Cullina
Sean Michael Cunningham
Anna Katherine D’Agostino
Rachel Kathryn Daley
Trevor John Dinwoodie
Jeremy Matthew Doran
Aliza Dubé
Amelia Rose Eppard
Courtney Ernst
Britney Elizabeth Evarts
Megan Elizabeth Farley
Nicholas Mathew Faulkingham
Andrew James Ferrucci
Dylan Christopher Ficke
Karla Janine Figueroa
Gabriella Sophie Clara Fishkind
Emily Antonia Frese
Alistair Stuart Garden
Kylie Nicole Gates
Charles Henry Godwin
Dylan Matthew Grzybowski
Sarah Margaret Hammond
Shelby Lynn Hardgrove
Sierra Beth Harger
Halie Michelle Harris
Mattie Jane Harris
Aryanah Marie Haydu
Morgan Emily Hines
Nicole Elizabeth Hines
Megan Rachel Anne Hunt
Anthony M. Hunter
Danielle Leigh Hunter
Claire Anna Hurwitt
Kathryn Nicole Ierna
Nikole Ann Indermaur
Russell Kenneth Jacobson
Jocelyn Jade Jaillet
Anna Catherine Javor
Ian Gregory Johnston
Shane Thomas Joy
Elsbeth Louise Kane
Helen Renate Kilby
Mason J. King
Samuel Carter Kneeland
Samuel Jackson Krempel
Jordan Nichole LaCasse
Garrett Edward LaMountain Jr.
Tazer Edward Landow
Jonathan Tyler LaPlace
Micaela Rae Leal
Timothy Alan Leffingwell
Andrew Wynn Lewis
Scout Macy Lohrs
Brandon Nicholas Longo
Jonathan David Luster
Christine Ellis Lyons
David John MacDonald
Derek Raymond Manierre
Sean Michael Manierre
Christopher Thomas Marconi
Jaclyn Ann Marino
Brooke A. McConnell
Sarah Elizabeth McDonald
Allison Marie McDougall
Sara Helen McIngvale
Randy Max Menard
Scott Michael Miezejeski
Maya Anne Camera Moen
Justin Joseph Andreas Morano
Carlin Patrick Morris
Christine Marie Morse
Emily Ellen Mosca
Clinton Charles Mosher
Randall Charles Sanford Mudge
Christopher William Myers II
Paul Arthur Myers
Natalie Nelson
Jacob Thomas Joseph Norton
Julia Marie Nucolo
Matthew Lawrence O’Brien
Nile Kohler Otte
Seamus Palm-Baker
Oskar Dakota Partyka
Kelsey Lauren Pearse
Kevin Robert Penkala
Kyle David Peterson
Christopher Joseph Polo
Ryan Michael Pomroy
Amanda Kelsey Preble
Tatumn Daniele Ramcke
Taylor Riggio-McGrath
Mallory Elizabeth Rioux
Marisa Lynn Romano
Haley Rosel Samuelson
Megan Florence Sasena
Katherine Marie Schroeder
Erin Cynthia Scionti
Isaac Joseph Siegel
Zachariah Taylor Skalandunas
Elizabeth Smith
Patrick Andrew Smith
Norma Lucille Louise Socci
Sten Philip Spinella
James Bailey Steele
Brittany Paige Sullivan
Daniel Joseph Thayer
Abigail Wyeth Tibbetts
Nicolas Marivo Tiezzi
Curtis A. Turner
Rebecka Lee Tyrseck
Nicholas George Van Wyngaarden
Charlotte Ann Vigue
Geoffrey Charles Vincelette
Parker Bevan Wallis
Robert Cory Welsh
Timothy R. Westerman
Hailey Nicole Whitworth
zackerie Alan Whitworth
Julia Rochelle Wlochowski
Cheyenne Mya Wohlstrom
Joan Langley Wyeth